Dial Press Trade Paperback Miss Benson's Beetle: A novel
Dial Press Trade Paperback Miss Benson's Beetle: A novel

Miss Benson's Beetle: A novel

By Rachel Joyce


Publication Date: November 24, 2020

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From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an uplifting novel about two women with nothing in common who trek across the world in search of a beetle that may not exist—and end up discovering a friendship that defies all boundaries.

She’s going too far to go it alone.

London, 1950. The city is still reeling from World War II, and Margery Benson, a schoolmarm and spinster, is trying to get through life, surviving on scraps. One day, she reaches her breaking point, abandoning her job and small existence to set out on an expedition to the other side of the world in search of her childhood obsession: an insect that may or may not exist—the golden beetle of New Caledonia. When she advertises for an assistant to accompany her, the woman she ends up with is the last person she had in mind. Fun-loving Enid Pretty in her tight-fitting pink suit and pompom sandals seems to attract trouble wherever she goes. But together these two British ladies find themselves drawn into a cross-ocean adventure that exceeds all expectations and delivers something neither of them expected to find: the transformative power of friendship.

Story Locale: London, England; Brisbane, Australia; New Caledonia

Publication History: Trade Paperback Original

About the Author

Rachel Joyce is the author of The Music Shop, the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, as well as the digital short story A Faraway Smell of Lemon and a story collection, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her books have been translated into thirty-six languages and two are in development for film. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Joyce was named the Specsavers National Book Awards “New Writer of the Year” in December 2012 and shortlisted for the “UK Author of the Year” 2014. Joyce has also written more than thirty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Brontë novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre, and Cheek by Jowl. She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.

Author Residence: Gloucestershire, UK

Author Hometown: London, UK

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

Publication Date: November 24, 2020

ISBN: 9780812996708

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